Risk Factors for Child Neglect Among Families in Poverty

Kierra Sattler , University of Texas at Austin

Poverty is an important predictor of neglectful parenting, yet not all families in poverty share the same level of risk for maltreatment. Therefore, it is important to understanding how risk factors tend to co-occur among families in poverty and how families’ risk profiles change across time in order to identify families most likely to engage in neglectful parenting. Additionally, prior research has rarely focused on differentiating predictors of neglect, as opposed to maltreatment generally, and even fewer studies have explored different types of neglect. This study aims to move the field forward by examining how risk factors co-occur among families in poverty and how the resulting risk profiles relate to neglectful parenting across early childhood.

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 Presented in Session 4. Marriage, Family, Households, & Unions